Chelsea Angelo makes her debut performance in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge - Comment with Brian Boyd
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Brian Boyd comments on Team PAYCE member, Chelsea Angelo's debut performance in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd has congratulated promising young female racer and newest member of Team PAYCE, 21 year-old Chelsea Angelo on her strong debut appearance in round one of the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge at Tailum Bend.
"Chelsea raced impressively behind the wheel of the #38 911 Porsche GT3 that took David Wall to his championship title win last year in the Porsche Carrera Cup," Brian said.
"Not only did she perform exceptionally well in qualifying and in the three races, she stayed out of trouble in the big field of 25 and brought the #38 Porsche home in one piece on each occasion.
"The first round held at the brand-new The Bend circuit in South Australia was a real challenge for everyone competing in the Shannons Nationals, but Chelsea had the added pressure of competing for the first time in a new category," Mr. Boyd continued.
Wall Racing Offer Guidance and Track Days Prior to Race Season – Brian Boyd
Brian said Chelsea was a welcome addition to Team PAYCE and PAYCE was pleased to join with sponsoring partner, Wilson Security Racing to provide assistance and support to enable Chelsea to race a full season in the category.
"The car will be prepared and maintained professionally by Sydney-based Wall Racing," he said.
"It's a big plus to have team owner, David Wall, the reigning Carrera Cup champion, and the resources of his team in your corner.
"Some limited track days at Wakefield Park and Sydney Motorsport Park under David's guidance before the season got underway were well worthwhile," Brian Boyd offered.
Sixth Place After Round One in the Championship a Solid Effort – Brian Boyd
Brian said Chelsea was off to a good start at The Bend on day one of round one with her practice times putting her well within the top ten fastest times.
"She then qualified third fastest for the first race after rain and two red flag sessions disrupted the session," Mr. Boyd said.
"Chelsea dropped a couple of spots off the start to be 9th at the end of the first lap, but recovered quickly to 5th place which she held for the final eight laps.
"Race 2 saw very little passing moves from the first six cars in a shortened race due to a three-car crash and Chelsea had a relatively comfortable run to the flag to finish in 6th place.
"Race 3 was an equally solid drive with another 6th placing to her credit, giving her 6th place in the championship after round one.
"Chelsea will take a lot away from the weekend and continue to improve as she becomes more familiar with the car in what is already shaping up to be a highly-competitive series," Brian Boyd said.
Development Programme a Great Opportunity for Young Aspiring Drivers – Brian Boyd
Brian also congratulated Chelsea on her selection as one of three Michelin Junior drivers in the category, joining Toyota 86 Racing champion, 20 year-old Jimmy Vernon and Australian Formula Ford champion, 16 year-old Max Vidau in the programme.
"Chelsea's past performances in Formula Ford and Super2 would have caught the attention of Porsche Australia, who recently announced the driver line-up for the 2018 Porsche Michelin Junior Programme Australia.
"This is a great opportunity for young aspiring drivers in this development programme that offers some financial support, as well as an allocation of Michelin racing tyres, training and mentoring through the season," Brian Boyd said.
The next round of the Porsche Michelin GT3 Challenge Cup is at Sandown Park on 11-13 May, 2018.